Why Manila is better than London

This essay was first published on Subselfie.com and reposted on GMA News Online

My editor asked this question right after I went back to work:

“Bakit umuwi ka pa? (Why would you want to return?)”

The Executive Producer of a morning newscast asked me the same, with additional input: “Something is very wrong with you.” This was not the first time I heard these remarks.

I have just returned from a two-week vacation from London, not just as a tourist though. By virtue of a visa, I’m also technically a resident of England.

People have been telling me for years that I should stay in the land of the Beatles and Harry Potter — in a tone as if it’s really a general rule to want to live outside the Philippines.

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